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Parachute Rigger Details


OVERVIEW
Parachute riggers are primarily responsible for repairing textile and canvas items, webbed equipment, and clothing.

JOB DUTIES
  • Rig supplies, equipment and vehicles for airdrop
  • Perform technical, routine and in-storage rigger-type inspection on cargo, extraction and personnel parachute as well as other airdrop equipment before, during and after each use
  • Inventory, clean, receive, store and issue all airdrop equipment used in airdrop operations
  • Use and maintain machines and tools for fabrication, modification and repair to parachute and other airdrop equipment
  • Inspect, test and install extraction and release systems


TRAINING
Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and 11 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instructions. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field.

Advanced Individual Training: 11 weeks, 4 days, Fort Lee, VA

Some of the skills you'll learn are:
  • Parachute rigging techniques
  • Maintenance of air-sea rescue equipment
  • Repair of inflatable rafts and other survival equipment
  • Maintenance of oxygen equipment


HELPFUL SKILLS
  • Knowledge of shop mechanics and science
  • High attention to detail
  • Interest contributing to the safety of others


REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
General Maintenance (GM): 88, Combat (CO): 87

WARRANT OFFICER TRACK
921A Airdrop Systems Technician

FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career with commercial airlines, parachute rigging and supply companies, survival equipment manufacturing firms, or some government agencies.